“Freeeeeeedom!” ~ William Wallace
If you are familiar with Mel Gibson’s movie Braveheart, you know exactly what I am referring to. In Braveheart, Mel Gibson plays William Wallace, who rallies the Scots and fights for freedom from the English.
The 4th of July marks Independence Day here in the United States, and it made me reflect on what independence and freedom means to me as an entrepreneur.
Being an entrepreneur is not easy. It is stressful, we work our butts off and not all of us make the kind of money that we should. In fact, 3 of my entrepreneurial friends have gone back to the confines of a J-O-B just in the last few months.
Being an entrepreneur is a double edged sword. With all the stresses and jobs that you have to do, it also comes with this freedom. That is why it is so important to get in touch with the reasons why we do what we do. It’s what keeps us going, when the going gets tough. For me it is:
Freedom to set my own hours.
I get to set my own schedule. That means that sometimes I get up real early to write, or to complete a project before anyone in my house gets up. Sometimes it means going back to work after I have tucked in my youngest.
But it also means that I get to work out and exercise in the morning, which is the best time for me and spending time with my kids when they need me.
Freedom to choose my clients.
Part of being an entrepreneur is figuring out who your ideal clients are. They are the ones that I can best serve and who I enjoy working with. I tell you, I love my clients and I am happy not to have to plan any weddings or family reunions. That is just not my forte and part of being an entrepreneur is that you should stay in your brilliance.
Freedom from my office.
I have a laptop and a phone and I can pretty much work anywhere. So sometimes you will see me at the local Starbucks hanging out with a group of fellow entrepreneurs working on social media. Or I might be at my daughter’s gymnastics class finishing up an article. I am not chained to my desk and I love it!
What does freedom mean to you? Is it one of your whys or do you have another driving force behind you? What are your favorite things about being an entrepreneur? Please share in the comments.